Government extends silvi border class exception

Wednesday 15 Jun 2022

Timely increase in silviculture border class exception -A boost in the number of silviculture border class exception is great news for the forestry sector says Marion Schrama, Manager Skills, Training and Workplace Safety, Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service.

Border Exception Ministers last week agreed to expand the existing silviculture border class exception by a further 200 places, following an initial 300 places that were announced in April. The increase takes effect immediately, with visas issued for six months, and the exception set to end on 1 September 2022.

“The expanded border exception is really positive and timely news for the forestry sector given the pressures to recruit staff. With the forest planting season underway, it is a critical time for the sector, and a shortage of workers could limit the number of trees going in the ground and their survival rates,” Marion Schrama says.

Silviculturalists also add value to the wider forest nursery industry through their management of plantings.

Forest Contractors up and down the country can also take up the opportunity to recruit staff to the sector.

“Employers should please work directly with the MPI Border Exceptions team to lodge any application requests. Contact them at

Ministers expect the sector to ensure employers to provide a high level of pastoral care and accommodation and workers must be paid the median wage, Marion Schrama says.

There is an information sheet available on the MPI website about the process for submitting a nomination and application. There is also information on Approved classes of workers on the Immigration New Zealand website.

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Source: Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service

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